Monday, April 30, 2007

Very Productive Weekend

I've been so busy lately I'm not entirely sure whether I'm coming or going anymore. After Friday Night's rehearsal we went to Churchill's for a drink and little food.

Saturday I slept in just a little, then headed out for rehearsal. It was a really good day and things went fairly well. This is the first time I've been directed by Stephen and it's a really good experience. He has alot of really helpful advice about finding reasons for what you're doing and emotions to go with them. He is also open to suggestion. Matt had a great idea for the scene with our waiters quartet, and Stephen was willing to indulge us while we walked through it... then he kept it. I'm really glad he did too, because now I feel like the scene makes sense, and we actually have a reason to be on stage singing that beautiful song. Before it felt like an aside, a pretty song just abritrarily thrown in for someone's nephew or something.

After rehearsal I went home and started planign the wood for the aquarium canopy. I have to find some time to construct that, since the lights that go in it will be arriving this week. I got all the wood planed and routered, and the sides cut and mitred... so I'm in pretty good shape to start off with. Darrell is building an equipment case so I helped him glue the coating to the plywood, and then we settled in for a little TV. Nothing on but reruns.

Sunday I tried to sleep in again, but the dogs have their own time clock and could care less that it's a weekend... they get let out at a certain time every morning to pee, so weekends are no exceptions. Another full day of rehearsals, and we made good progress for the most part. We are three weeks from opening the show so there are no nights off anymore... although it would be a good idea to take a full night off just before the show so everyone can have a day of downtime to recover their strength be fore a long week at the theatre.... but that's just my thoughts. All the energy you have to pump out to the audience has to come from somewhere... so it's no good if everyone is already exhausted going in.

I got the plastic grate that will go on the back side of the tank for airflow all cut out, but I didn't have the proper router bit to do the channel so I have to get one today sometime. I have a bunch of editing that has to be done this week, as well as an ad for the cable channel to produce. My classes are on Tuesday and Friday and I'm teaching then kids about working with layers, luckily I've already built their sample models and installed them on all their computers. Last week I had them create a bunch of balls and bounce them around the screen a few seconds before assembling them into a person. This week they learn to make the person move... it's really a lesson in working backwards... a lot like Jenn's technique for some of the dancing. Create your ending and then break it down.

I have a dentist appointment this morning to a have a couple fillings I'm not particularly looking forward to.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Grown Up Survey - From Dre

The "Grown-Up" Survey

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
It used to be Rent - Because I knew I was paying someone else's mortgage and would have nothing to show for all the money I was spending.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?

3. Last time you puked from drinking?
About 8 years ago, after we first moved out to Gardner Creek. It was my first real drunk since my BMT so my system rejected it in a major way.

4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
Not in the past decade. I have danced on the bar sober.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
Miss Anderson

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Visiting my Family, or performing on broadway take your pick.

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I don't want to grow up.

8. How many colleges did you attend?
One, but only for a very short time.

9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
Because it's new and it's blue and I like it.

ripping us off.

11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you?
I'd move back to Vancouver Island.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
Oh god not again

13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I don't remember

14. Favorite style of underwear?
Boxer Briefs

15. Favorite style of underwear for the opposite sex?
Don't really care

16. What errand/chore do you despise?

17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer?
Yes... I'd spend a lot of time volunteering. If I didn't have to work I'd be rich so I would also spend a great deal of money on worthy causes.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep in every chance I get.

19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
I have so many I couldn't pick a favourite.

20. Favorite NON sexual thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
Curl up with a bowl of popcorn and a good movie.

21. Have you found real love yet?

22. When did you first start feeling old?
When my much younger siblings began having children.

23. Favorite 80's movie?
Toss up between the Star Wars trilogy and Steel Magnolias

24. Your favorite lunch meat?
Black Forest ham

25. What do you get every time you go into Sam's Club? Or Walmart?
Don't have Sam's Club and we try to avoid Walmart like the plague that it is. We hit Canadian Tire and Zellars for our cheap crap fix.

26. Beach or lake?

27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
Absolutely and people put way too stress, worry and especially money into it. Over $1000 for a dress you'll never wear again.... that's just a stupid waste.

28. How many people do you stalk on Facebook?
None yet

29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
internet porn.... just kdding.

30. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
The Incredibles

31. What's your drink?
Vodka with..... Damn near anything

32. Cowboys or Indians?
Why does it have to be one or the other...can't we all just get along?

33. Cops or Robbers?
I'm into guys with uniforms so... Cops.

34. Who from high school would you like to run into?
Kristy (Formerly Carter now McWater). We haven't sat and drank and laughed and cried and reminissed in too many years.

35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
I left it on Big John, but if Darrell used the car at all it's probably on News 88.9 he's a repetitious new junky.

36. Norm or Cliff?

37. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
The Cosby Show. Don't watch the Simpsons... never have never will.

38. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
I sit alone in my little back room.

40. If you could get away with it, who would you kill?
George W or Stephen Harper take your pick they're basically the same guy.

41. What famous person(s) would you like to have dinner with?
Reba McEntire or Elton John. Dinner, Drinks and a little something something... Jake Gyllenhaal, Jude Law, or, yes even though he's crazy, Tom Cruise (It's an 80's thing)

42. What famous person would you like to sleep with?
I don't have time to list them all...

43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
No.. and I hope I never have to.

44. Last book you read for real?
The Touch by Brian Lumley. I am currently working my way through one of his older novels Phsychomech.... which has a lot of similarities to his new one, even though they are years apart.

45. Do you have a teddy bear?
yes, I have a big orange Oragitan.

46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
In the car on the way to a gig.

47. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
San Francisco.

48. Do you go to church?

49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
A new career.... I'm very happy with my relationship.

50. Just how OLD are you?
will be 36 in a few weeks.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hump Day

Monday we went over the dance for Willkommen again. A little bit of it was changed, but mostly we just reviewed all the steps. There was one set of steps I asked Jenn to break into an 8 count for me and it was a good thing we did, because everyone was counting it differently. Bah dah dah bump, bah da da dada dah dah is just not precise enough for me, I feel a lot more confident with 1 and 2 3 and 4 5 6 7 8. I have to work now at internalizing either the singing or the dancing so that I can do one without thinking about it. It's impossible to think about counting a dance if you're also thinking I have to get a big breath here for a "G" then snatch another quick one because there's an "A" coming up. So either the dance or the song has to come second nature and automatic, so I can concentrate on the other. That said I still feel a lot better about that number having gone over it again.

Heroes was awsome!!! I can't say it was well worth the wait... because the wait was excruiating.... but it was awsome!! Can't wait for next week.

Tuesday I got in my first run since I hurt my toe... it was brutal. A week and a half away from it and it's like starting over. Except it's not like starting over where you're trying to outdo yourself each time, like in the beginning so every step forward is exciting.... it's like starting over where you're trying to start off where you left off and can't get there, so it's frustrating.

I taught my class at 6 and the hour flew by. I had three boys in last nights class so I was able to give them all a lot of one on one, which helped us accomplish a lot more than expected. It also helps that I've finally finished creating a lesson plan, so I know exactly where we're headed. I know... it's taken two weeks, but I was kind of just thrown in the deep end after all.

We've had water cylcing in the aquarium since Sunday now. It was coudy at first but is starting to clear up. There's no salt in it yet, but there is the cycle compound which will start growing the good bacteria etc.

I got some wood to start building the canopy last night, and I have no rehearsals tonight so I may actually get a good start on that after work.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Long & Expensive weekend!!!

I got the stand all finished and the aquarium set upon it on Friday.
Saturday I had a musical rehearsal at 11 am so there was no sleeping in for me. I got there and sang two ladies four times, then had nearly four hours to kill before my 3 o'clock Dance rehearsal. It really kind of wasted my entire day. My choice... waste four hours uptown, or waste gas on a trip home and back. I ended up meeting Darrell out at the vortex to have a look around Village Pets in McAllister mall.... I should have gone to the gym instead (that's already paid for). We heard some awful stories about problems with the tanks that come from Walmart (where Darrell's Uncle got ours). It seems things at Walmart are cheap.... not just price wise. The glass in the Walmart tanks is half the thickness of the glass in main brand tanks like Hagen. As a result Walmart tanks can bow when they are filled with water (all tanks bow slightly once the water gets in but the quality of the corners and the thickness of the glass keeps them from falling apart). There are even stories of the front of the Walmart tanks just falling right out. The thought of 55 gallons of water on our new laminate floor wasn't very apealing... so we decided to go with a Hagen tank. Diane at Village Pets showed us the 55 gallon Hagen and the dimensions were identical to the tank we already had... so there was no worry about it fitting on the custom built stand. One thing I had taken into account was future expansion so I made the stand about 6 inches deeper than it had to be... as a result instead of buying the 55 gallon tank we upgraded for a few dollars more to an 80 gallon tank.... Like I said expensive weekend. I got the tank and the biofoam backer, and Darrell got the new filter and the gravel. We have decided that we are going to do a salt water reef tank which is more work, but there's so much more you can do, and so many more varieties of fish. Add in coral and all the other options you have with salt water over fresh plus the investment of time and money that's already gone into it and it only seems right to go with the reef tank. It will take about two months of set up to get all the levels etc right, before a fish ever enters into the water... but we're patient people.

The 80 gallon tank really fills up the space... the dog pictures are going to move to the wall above the bed.

Upgraded to 80 gallon tank

It actually looks like the stand was specifically designed for this tank, even more so than the 55 gallon one (it kind of was because I was allowing for growth):

looks like the stand was actually built for the 80 instead of the 55

Good thing I hadn't started designing and building the topper.

After my expensive outing to the vortex, it was back in for dance rehearsal. We got Willkommen finished (at least from my perspective within the song) and also finished two ladies (which is a scream... it is so fun and, while it may not be the HIGHLIGHT of the show, it will certainly be one of the more memorable moments)

Sunday was another day taken up with rehearsals (as we get nearer and nearer to May everyday is going to be taken up with rehearsals). We ran the entire show... off book. Parts of it went extremely well, parts of it not so much. We are well ahead of where we would normally be with this much time before going to the theatre, but that can be a dangerous place to be, since there could be a tendancy to slack off a bit. I'm pretty confident that won't happen, since we have a fantastic cast.

After rehearsal I rushed home and got ready to go out. We went to Jake's & the Outback for Shawna's 19th birthday party. It was Karaoke at the outback and I got to sing quite a bit, which was fun. Darrell and I had a bite at Jakes before everyone else arrives... the food was really good. We haven't been there in a very long time, but we may go back in the near future.

I was supposed have tonight off from rehearsing, but after the full run yesterday Jenn wanted to have another look at Willkommen, so there will be dancing. I will have to time shift Heroes.

New episode of Heroes tonight... finally. I'm actually so excited it's a little sad. Although, I'm not the only one.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

It's Finished!!!!!


Tah Dah!!

All that remains is to the topper.... but that hasn't even been designed yet.

It's finished

It's late, I'm sleepy and I have a rehearsal tomorrow at 11am.

Friday, April 20, 2007

3 More Sleeps!!!!

New episode of Heroes... just three more sleeps.

I am teaching my class tonight and am really looking forward to it.
I finally put the last coat of urithane on the cabinet and tonight we will fine tune the hardware so everything sits properly.... yes that's right folks... it's finally finished...YAY! Last night we bought our very first "set piece" for inside the aquarium... it looks like a ruins of an ancient civilization with columns and such.
The stand was hugely exspensive for the wood, but I have a feeling that the actual contents of the aquarium itself is going to be quite costly as well. Darrell is already looking for fresh water stingrays and eels...oy.

Thursday, April 19, 2007


I must've done something right at the call back today. Elizabeth cast me as Trinculo, and skimming through the script, I think it will be a very fun part to play.


Somehow life has switched into overdrive for me lately. After work on tuesday I taught my animation class for kids over twelve. I only had two boys in the class so we got a lot done. Afterwards I rushed over to the rehearsal space for the fruit shop rehearsal I was late for. Luckily they were just finishing their stretch and warm up so I didn't really miss anything.

There were some crossed communication wires along the way, because I got a call from Dre at 8 last night wondering where I was instead of being at rehearsal. I had absolutely no idea I was suposed to be at rehearsal though... in fact I thought I had nothing until Saturday. By the time I got the call it was too late to go back into town, so sorry to everyone who was counting on me to be there... I don't know why I flaked out, but I honestly don't remember being told we were doing that scene last night. However I'm not going to bare full responsibility, since our rehearsal schedule has been in a constant state of change from the very beginning and still contains more TBDs than actual committed dates.... it was bound to happen.... I'm just sorry it was me.

Today I am reading for Elizabeth at the Tempest call backs. This my first ever shakespeare.. in highschool I took the F for that section, did some extra credit creative writting and still managed a B as my final grade. I haven't had much time to look at the material even though I've had it over a week now. Time seems to be at a premium right now. Between trying to get off book, committing dance routines and songs to memory, coming up with some kind of lesson plan for the kids, work, and finishing my cabinet... there's nothing left over.

The cabinet is in it's final stages. The doors and drawers are completely finished. The top recieved it's third coat of polyurithane this morning before I left for work, and the actual cabinet itself got it's second coat laast night.... the end is in sight.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

ABC's Taken From Chris

A is for age: 36 on May 19th.

B is for beer of choice: Generally drink MooseLight, but also like Stella.

C is for career right now: 3d animator/ graphic designer/ Video Editor at Innovative Video Solutions, and most recently animation for kids workshop instructor at the School of Rock & Film.

D is for your dog's name: Elton & Tiffy.

E is for essential item you use every day: Computer.

F is for favorite TV show at the moment: Heroes, How I met your Mother

G is for favorite game: Taboo.

H is for home town: Born and raised in Williams Lake, BC (which will always be home) currently reside in Saint John.

I is for instruments you play: Saxophone, and I strum chords on strongest instrument is my voice.

J is for favorite juice: cranberry.

K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: Pick a politician.

L is for last place you ate: Churchills.

M is for marriage: Don't believe in it

N is for your full name: Daniel Blaine Le Roy

O is for overnight hospital stays: I couldn't even begin to count.

P is for people you were with today: Darrell & Mike so far.

Q is for quote: "The dictionary is the only place success comes before work.
Hard work is the price we must all pay for success." -Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi

R is for biggest regret: There are things I'm not overly proud of, but nothing I flat out regret

S is for status: Current status is typing this post.

T is for time you woke up today: 8am.

U is for underwear you have on now: Black boxer-briefs.

W is for worst habit: Chocolate

X is for x-rays you've had: Too many to count.

Y is for yummy food you ate today: Red Delicious apple & Triple Chocolate Donut

Z is for your zodiac sign: Taurus.

Monday, April 16, 2007

7 More sleeps

Heroes is back on Next Monday..... and I don't have a rehearsal....yipeeee!!!!

Whatta Weekend

I feel like I packed two weeks worth of stuff into one weekend.... so much happened.
Friday : I went to the School of Rock and Film early so I could play with the computers a little and snoop through the kid's project files to see what they've been learning. My first class was kids 12 and under, and they are regulars there, so they already have a good understanding about how animation works. They are still in the stick man draw every single frame stage, so there's a lot I can show them. That hour flew by. The second hour was a little longer. It was a birthday party, of 14 year old girls and one little brother... none of whom were particularly interested in learning computer animation. I got them to make birthday cards, and I helped them animate portions of the cards... it was chaos. But not in a bad way. I'm pretty sure if I can deal with a class of 14 year old girls on a birthday party, then classes of kids who are actually interested in learning animation is going to be a snap.

I was finished classes by 8 and went home, got cleaned up, and Darrell and I headed in for cast Karaoke at the Summerset. We both had a really good time, but called it an fairly early night because of the nasty snow falling. We were home by 12:30. ( I wish February would hurry up and end)

Saturday we ran the first half of the show at rehearsal. It was good to finally get a chance to see how everything fit together, and get a better feel about where we're already strong and where we need work. I got home around 4:30. I changed into my grubby work clothes and put another coat of polyurithane on the doors and drawers of my cabinet. I had to fine sand them all first. (They are now finished... they've had four coats and look beautiful) I then changed back into my nicer clothes and Darrell and I headed down to the Dolan Road Irving for 7:30 (we were late and got there closer to 8) to meet Brian & Helen, and Bertis & Colin for a bite. Then we all came back to our house for a couple drinks and some cherry pie. We were going to fire up the new karaoke machine, but ended up just talking and laughing and calling it a night around 11.

Sunday we ran the second half of the show at rehearsal. There is more work needed in that half because there are a few thing we just haven't covered yet. It was a very good rehearsal though and it's going to be a really strong show. It's already pretty strong and there's four and half weeks to go. After rehearsal I headed over to Churchills with Bertis, Kristi, & Lisa B for some food and a drink. I was starving! Then home to work on my cabinet. I got the top all fine sanded and the first coat of polyurithane applied. Tonight I will fine sand and add the second coat as well finish sanding the main cabinet and add the first coat of finish to it. It is slowly creeping closer and closer to being done.

Today I am playing with the new program and trying to make a lesson plan beyond what I am going to teach tomorrow.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Nerves nerves nerves

Singing, dancing, public speaking....doesn't bother me in the slightest. In the next couple hours I will be standing front of a room full of kids 12 and under, and trying to teach them animation....terrifying! Not so much the talking to kids aspect of it, but the coming in cold to a class that has already been doing stuff, and not knowing where they are in terms of skill. Also not being familiar with the programs or systems they are using is making me feel pretty unsteady. I wish I had a little time to teach myself more before jumping in, because by next week I'll be a pro at the, I'm not even a gifted amatuer. In fact I don't even know what all the programs available to me are yet. Needless to say my class is at 6 so I'll be there at 5.

Friday April 13, 2007

When you were a child, which crayon color was your favorite?
Sky Blue

On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being highest), how likely would you be to change jobs if it required you to move?
5, it depends where I'd be going.

Take all the numbers in your birthday and your phone number and add them up, one by one. What’s the total?

Main Course
Have you ever “re-gifted” anything? If so, what was it and who did you pass it on to?
I don't think so.

Name something you need from the store.
I don't need anything from the store right now. I want some new clothes. My closet is looking boring and old.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Funny Thing Happened....

Something very odd happened today. Lately I've been thinking I should get out my paint brushes and get some painting done so I'd have a dozen or so paintings I could sell when the cruise ships start coming in and make a little extra money. Unfortunately who has the time? So I put the extra money idea away until after Cabaret. Then this morning, Jim Kuehnel from the school of Rock and Film came in for a visit, and Mike asked me to show him the kind of animation I do. Next thing I know, I'm teaching a class twice a week for kids. Funny how the universe works sometimes.

There is a slight rub though. The school uses a program I'm not familiar with and the first class I'm doing is tomorrow night. So I'm cramming today.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Very Long weekend, not Quite Long Enough

We took a four day weekend over the Easter Holidays. I'm not at all religious, so the significance of Easter is lost on me, but I can totally get behind a holiday that involves the giving and receiving of chocolate.

Friday afternoon there was a music rehearsal for Two Ladies and Money Makes the World go Around. Bertis couldn't make it so I subbed for him in Money to help the girls out. I don't know if it helped or not though, because he and I have very different styles of singing.... but all I was really for was so they could hear how their parts fit with the lead part anyway.

Darrell and I hit Shoppers Drug mart for some easter supplies and I made up a big basket with colourful plastic hollow eggs that we filled with goodies, and I brought them to the Saturday afternoon rehearsal... where the full cast reviewed all the songs in the show. It was another occassion for us all to sing for one another, so everyone could hear what everyone else was working on.

Sunday I had no rehearsals and spent the entire day working on the Aquarium stand. Here's a tip! Even if what you're working on is as mundane as just sanding one of the solid oak doors... never wear sandals. I believe I may have broken my toe. The door slipped out of my hands and landed corner first, square in the middle of my big toe on my right foot. It hurt like all get out, and I am definitely going to lose the nail... it was only holding on my a little skin. It's still quite tender to walk on in my shoes. This is the second time I've been involved in a show where I have to dance and dropped something on my foot. During Christmas Carol I dropped a bedside table and it landed on it's edge right across my left foot, now I've hurt my toe. I don't think it's broken, but it hurt like hell. Thankfully there are a few weeks for it to heal.

As far as the cabinet goes, for all intents and purposes it is basically finished. At least the building part is finished. Now all that remains is the fine sanding and actual finish work. So it still has at least a week of work left on it. Yesterday we made an upper molding that will hide the black plastic part of the fish tank frame, and attached it to the top. So the fish tank will sit inside it. I don't know if I explained it well enough, but you'll see when it's all done and I post pictures. In the mean time here's the results of this weeks labour.

This is before we took the top off and attached the molding that will hide the black plastic bottom of the Aquarium.

Ready for fine sanding and finishing

The hardware for the drawers need to be adjusted after the cabinet if completely finshed... right now they are touch uneven.

Glamour shot:
Cabinet nearly done

Frankstien and his Monster.

The original 3d rendering:

Aquarium Stand Design

Is Pretty Close, Ja?

Thursday, April 05, 2007

What the....?

It's not quite raining and it's not quite snowing... it's just slushing. It's cold, and messy, and slippery, and it's APRIL for Christ's sake. Global Warming my ass!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

OOOOWWW my feet!!!!

I had my frist dance rehearsal in my costume footwear last night.....OW! If you saw them at the musical reahersal on Sunday you know why, if you didn''ll see.

I got bad news from home. Over the weekend, my cousin Laura and her families house, in Williams Lake, burned down. No one was in it, and there were no pets, but they lost everything. It burned to the ground in about 20 minutes. I'll be going through all my pictures today to see if I have stuff I can make copies of for them because those are the kinds of things you can't replace.

I got the rails that will hold the top in place, glued on my cabinet and Darrell put some screws into them while I was rehearsing. All that remains is to sand and cut the top, cut the moulding, attach the face of the last drawer, fine sand everything, then Polyurithane a couple hundred times... well no more than four. I think we will actually have this thing done to the point where we can start putting on the finish this week.

We voted unanimously to take Friday & Monday off this weekend....wheeeeeeeeeeee!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Great Weekend

Aside from the fact that our phone, internet, and alarm system didn't work all weekend it was still a really good one. Progress on the aquarium stand has slowed a bit. It's a matter of getting the pieces made that will be used to screw up into the top. The Front, Sides, Inside Walls, Back, and Base are all joined together now. Two of the drawers have their fronts glued on, and all the pieces of the top are glued together waiting to be sanded down and cut to size. It is very close to being finished, but there's some fussy stuff that needs to be done right now that is slowing up the process.

Saturday I had my first actual acting rehearsal for Cabaret. I started off the day with a vocal rehearsal of Tomorrow Belongs to Me. I am really starting to like the way it sounds... now if only I could consistently get my part right. The acting rehearsal was a lot of fun. It was nice to put some actual action into Bobby, he's a lot gayer on stage than on paper and I may have to dampen his flame a bit.

Sunday was dance rehearsal for Wilkommen, and it was soooo fun. The Dance is going to look awsome on stage. It's hard to picture what a routine looks like when you're immersed in it, but it was one of those routines that felt like it looked awsome. You can just tell sometimes. After dance rehearsal it was over to the other rehearsal space to review all the songs we've learned so far. Everyone was there and we got to hear the songs we weren't involved for the first time. It was kind of like we were all standing up and singing for each other, and it was really great. Kelly has two fantastic solos, one especially that will bring the audience to tears, and two duets with Irwin that none of us had heard yet. Not a lot of people on the cast had heard the waiter's quartet either, so that was a first time through for many... unfortunately Scott couldn't make the rehearsal so one of the parts was missing, but everyone still seemed to like it. I got to have a look at some of my costume pieces, and there are some very creative outfits for Bobby. I don't want to say too much because it would spoil the surprise for anyone reading this who isn't in the show. Brenda lend me a pair of my footwear so I can get used to walking and dancing in them.

This morning the Aliant guy came out and fixed the phone. He had nicked a wire when he was installing the highspeed internet and it came off... so we spent four days with no phone/internet/or alarm because he nicked a wire. I wonder if we get a credit for the service we weren't able to use but still pay for....that will be the day.